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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa

Australia,   pp. 136-159 PDF (9.0 MB)

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bassador who told him that the Japanese were not making the prog-
ress they had hoped at Manchukuo, and were finding their aggressive
adventures difficult and burdensome and that he, the Chinese Am-
bassador, thought there was now a possibility of bringing about an
agreement with the Japanese in the Far East which would limit
Japan's aggressive activities there, see my 347, June 4, 5 p. m.'2
  Lyons further said if he won his election, which he expected to do,
that shortly thereafter he would welcome an opportunity to visit the
United States and to confer with the President and the Secretary.
  He gave me an impression that his main purpose is to secure a non-
aggression pact and he finds difficulty in discussing other subjects
when this is the thought uppermost in his mind, apart from the com-
ing election. If his attitude represents public opinion in his own
country, Australia would go far in order [other?] directions to obtain
some security against Japanese aggression. He considered that the
Imperial Conference was fully committed to the purpose of securing
such a non-aggression pact.
033.4711 Casey, Richard 0./4: Telegram
The Secretary of State to the Amba,8sador in the United Kingdom
                               WASHINGTON, June 10, 1937-5 P. i.
  232. Your 348, June 4, 4 p. m. and 357, June 8, 1 p. m.13 The British
Ambassador 14 has formally requested an interview with the President
for Casey on June 30, July 1st or 2nd. He is being informed that in
view of the President's absence from Washington attending his son's
wedding and on other important business it is unfortunately impos-
sible for him to see Casey at that time. I have informed Lindsay that I
shall be glad to see Casey on the morning of July 1st and that Mr.
Morgenthau '5 will see him that afternoon. Other appointments will
be arranged in due course.
  Will you please see Lyons again and say that the President and I
are sorry that he found it necessary to alter his plans to visit the
United States and thus afford us opportunity for a general exchange
of views. At the same time please say that we hope he had not under-
stood our intimation of willingness to see him or Casey as meaning
that we were prepared to discuss a trade agreement at this time. We
assume that he realizes that the opening of discussions leading to
'2 Not printed.
13 Latter not printed.
14 Sir Ronald Lindsay.
   Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Secretary of the Treasury.

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